6 Habits for a Healthy Workplace

Sharon’s Productivity Tips

We’re coming in to the fall season. School is back in session, its allergy time and the cooler weather is just around the corner. What does that mean? Typically, you start to hear sniffles, clearing of the throat, coughing and sneezing.

When you’re feeling okay and you’re not deathly sick, you don’t always think about spreading germs when you grab that bathroom door handle or shake hands with a customer or co-worker.

But keeping a healthy workplace is more than just spreading germs. It’s also doing things that will help your employees stay engaged and productive. So here’s a few reminders.

  1. Wash hands frequently. Some jobs require you to get down and dirty while others don’t. Don’t think that just because you work at a desk that your hands are always clean. Handwashing is one of the most important strategies in a healthy workplace.
  2. Don’t eat while actively working or working at your desk. Your attention is focused on your work; less on keeping things sanitary. If you absolutely have to eat at your desk, be sure to wash your hands and clean the place where you’re eating both before and after you finish.
  3. Avoid getting burned out. Balancing family and work obligations can be tough. Stress and working overtime (whether it is at home or work) wears you out and makes you more susceptible to catching the latest flu bug and cold. Try to pace yourself and be realistic about what you can and can’t get accomplished. Rely on others to help or delegate when you can.
  4. Take advantage of workplace wellness programs if you can. It’s been proven that these programs can lower absentee rates, reduce a company’s healthcare costs, increase morale and reduce stress levels. If your company doesn’t offer this, organize a group of co-workers and create your own wellness program.
  5. Get out of the office – experience nature and the outdoors! Taking a walk may actually improve your working memory so that you retain information longer. So, if you start to feel tired and drained, it’s time to take a break. When you return, you’ll be much more productive.
  6. computer-303129_640Watch your posture. Make sure your workstation is ergonomically correct. Strengthen these muscles – the abdominals, the muscles attached to the back of the spine, and the gluteals; this will help you avoid injury to the muscles in the neck, lower back, arms and legs.

At Fresh Approach Cleaning Professionals LLC our goal is to increase the productivity of our clients’ workplace by personally and quietly working behind the scenes.

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